Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
The beautiful Caribbean sun has been shining on Sambamba as she awaits the arrival of her new crew. Every nook and cranny of Sambamba's fifty-one-foot hull has been cleaned, scrutinized, and stocked for the upcoming voyage. Ruth, Chance, and I have been working hard to prepare the vessel. Loads of food have been stocked and lays ready to be transformed into delicious meals. Learning materials have been placed in the ship's library. All sorts of equipment have been loaded into the lazarettes (storage compartments). And finally, we've topped off the water tanks and fuel tanks. The only thing missing is twelve new shipmates. The staff is extremely excited to welcome aboard our students and embark on an incredible journey
Here is an introduction to the crew of Sambamba:
Ruth: Skipper/Sail Instructor
Ruth grew up in Chester, England, and studied for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. She began her career working as an engineer offshore in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, where she found her passion for a life of adventure out at sea. After three years, Ruth decided to pursue her dream of becoming a Captain and gained her MCA Yachtmaster and PADI Divemaster certification. When not sailing or diving, Ruth spends her time on the water surfing and kite-surfing or in the mountains snowboarding. She has traveled all over the world and hopes to one day sail around it too.
Chance Cha-cha: Dive Instructor/Mate
Chance was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and is currently finishing his degree in biology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he is the captain of the varsity sailing team. Having discovered scuba diving at the young age of 10, the underwater world opened the door to a very adventurous lifestyle and an incredibly outgoing personality. Having found ActionQuest by accident turned out to be a stroke of luck, and after participating in multiple sessions in the British Virgin Islands as well as crossing an ocean onboard their college vessel S/Y Argo, Chance will be joining the ActionQuest team as a dive instructor in order to give back to a program that changed his life.
Annie: Dive Instructor/Mate
Annie was born and raised in North Carolina, where she visited the beach frequently and developed a great respect for the marine world. When she was fifteen, she attended ActionQuest for the first time and fell head over flippers in love with diving and sailing. She went on to sail across the Atlantic on board S/Y Argo. To advance her diving career, she became a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor. She really enjoys working with young divers and believes teaching is the art of assisting self-discovery. Having just returned from studying in Greece and traveling leisurely worldwide, she looks forward to making new memories in the British Virgin Islands with students from all over the world.